A Crossfit gym is opening at 647 E. Ninth St. near Avenue C ... in space that, I think, previously housed the Mud truck.
If you don't know what the CrossFit brand is (like me!), then let's cut-n-paste this from the website:
CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide.
Our program delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general and inclusive. Our specialty is not specializing. Combat, survival, many sports and life reward this kind of fitness and, on average, punish the specialist.
The CrossFit program is designed for universal scalability, making it the perfect application for any committed individual regardless of experience. We’ve used our same routines for elderly individuals with heart disease and cage fighters one month out from televised bouts. We scale load and intensity; we don’t change programs.
The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree, not kind. Our terrorist hunters, skiers, mountain bike riders and housewives have found their best fitness from the same regimen.
Also per the website:
CrossFit is also a community of more than 4,500 gyms worldwide. Those are all local, small businesses that share the philosophies of CrossFit and legally license the CrossFit name.
So, it's not like a gym where you go and putter around some elliptical thing and watch "Law & Order" repeats or those shouty guys on "Around the Horn" ... then stare at some weights, sneaking a few glances of yourself in all the mirrors, then leave. It's all about trainers and classes and stuff. Learn about the two East River trainers here.
Thanks to EVG reader Jeffrey Richman for the photo and tip.
Crossfit East River opens on Monday.